Firm Profile > VdA > Lisbon, Portugal

VdA
Rua Dom Luis I, 28
1200-151 Lisboa
Portugal

Banking and finance Tier 1

The large banking and finance team at VDA offers a multidisciplinary approach to sector-related matters, benefiting from close collaboration with the firm's M&A, real estate and tax practices. The team is often retained to assist with the sale of portfolios of non-performing loans (NPLs) and other financing structures, acquisition finance, senior and subordinated debt issues and regulatory capital. Fielding a historical track record in bank recapitalisations and resolutions, the department is led by Pedro Cassiano Santos, whose expertise encompasses debt and regulatory issues. Paula Gomes Freire demonstrates wide-ranging knowledge on the placement of debt and equity instruments, while asset-backed transactions and aviation finance matters are some of Hugo Moredo Santos's areas of activity. Pedro Simões Coelho heads the firm's investment funds practice. Other key practitioners include recently promoted partners Benedita Aires, who specialises in the placement of debt instruments, structured financial products as well as classic financing matters, and Tiago Correia Moreira, whose areas of expertise also include fintech.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Cassiano Santos

Testimonials

VdA has plenty of quality resources and lawyers to provide all-round excellent service in all areas of the law.’

They always have someone available to reach out.’

Orlando Voler Guiné and Benedita Lima Aires are outstanding lawyers with deep knowledge of banking and finance services and regulations.’

Key clients

Banco Santander Totta

Banco BNP Paribas Personal Finance,

S.A. (Cetelem)

J.P. Morgan Securities

J.P. Morgan Asset Management (UK)

Limited

Deutsche Bank

Mota-Engil

Capital markets Tier 1

Acting as an integrated component of the banking and finance team, the capital markets offering at VDA encompasses equity and debt matters in the primary and secondary markets. The team is adept at providing legal support in relation to public offers, green bond issuances, EMTN and covered bond programmes, debt tender offers and asset-backed securities. Pedro Cassiano Santos, who specialises in regulatory matters, structured finance and securitisations, leads on debt capital markets work, while equity matters are overseen by José Pedro Fazenda Martins. Paula Gomes Freire is regularly instructed in respect of asset-backed security issuances with NPLs. Other names to note include Hugo Moredo Santos, who advises on national and cross-border transactions, and recently promoted partner Benedita Aires, who focuses on the placement of debt, equity and hybrid instruments as well as structured financial products.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Cassiano Santos; José Pedro Fazenda Martins

Testimonials

VdA works as a cohesive team. Lawyers make sure meet clients’ needs and goals are met. The team’s level of knowledge, competence and client care are second to none.’

VdA has a team of ambitious lawyers who are pragmatic and solutions-oriented. The core team always delivers outstanding work with a dedication that is unmatched in the local market.’

The multidisciplinary team has a deep knowledge of the local legal environment and is extremely experienced.’

Tiago Correia Moreira is a managing associate who delivers. He consistently produces high-quality work which surpasses what partners at competing firms are able to achieve.’

Key clients

Banco BPI

Banco Santander Totta

Barclays Bank PLC

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Casais SGPS, SA.

Deutsche Bank

EFACEC

Haitong Bank

José de Mello Saúde

JP Morgan Securities

Montepio Investimento

Natwest Markets

SIC – Sociedade Independente de Televisão

StormHarbour Securities

UBS Investment Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The M&A, corporate and governance team at VDA regularly acts on big-ticket deals and is particularly active in the infrastructure, education, energy and real estate sectors. With an increasingly relevant presence in the private equity sector, the law firm offers advice on the entire range of corporate and M&A matters, including acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures as well as corporate restructurings and privatisations. Practice head Jorge Bleck has extensive experience in cross-border deals, while co-leader Paulo Olavo Cunha is noted for his in-depth knowledge of corporate law. Managing partner João Vieira de Almeida's areas of expertise encompass joint ventures and private equity. Other names to note include Claudia Cruz Almeida, who often advises on corporate acquisitions and disposals, privatisations and complex reorganisations, and Helena Vaz Pinto, who has an extensive track record in private equity and venture capital deals.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Bleck; Paulo Olavo Cunha

Testimonials

I found a high level of quality, expertise and dedication. The team was cohesive in the different areas involved in the transaction.’

The technical quality, the cohesion of the team and the ability to collaborate to find solutions to benefit the efficient progress of the transaction are some of VdA’s strengths.’

VdA fields a very responsive and commercially driven team.’

Strongly skilled team which has the ability to structure complex transactions. Lawyers are very knowledgeable, result-oriented, and good problem solvers with a strong “business” approach.’

The firm is reliable, available and respects deadlines.’

Good attention to detail and strong experience in the African and Asian markets make VdA stand out.’

A special reference should be made to Helena Vaz Pinto, Maria Cunha Matos, Inês Gomes Ferreira and Maria Leonor Piconez.’

Paulo Trindade Costa provides high-quality and timely advice.’

Maria Cunha Matos is adept at understanding matters from a client perspective.’

Key clients

MEO – Serviços de Comunicação e Multimédia

Porsche Holdings GmbH

Certares Management LLC

Carlsberg Breweries A/S

Banco Comercial Português, S.A.

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

Novo Banco, S.A.

ETE Group

Inspired Education Ltd. / Park International School

First State Investments

Finerge

Teixeira Duarte

ETEX Group

SOCER – Imobiliária

Avis Budget EMEA Ltd.

Seguradoras Unidas, S.A.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

With extensive expertise in the privacy and data protection fields and proven experience in the implementation of related legal frameworks, VdA advises clients from a multitude of industries, including financial services, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, transport and energy, among others. Apart from assisting in GDPR compliance programmes, the department is also adept at advising on cross-border Internet of Things (IoT) projects, big data strategies, cybersecurity matters as well as new business models based on the processing of personal data. Practice head Magda Cocco's notable areas of practice include cross-border data transfer agreements, data breach procedures and the rollout of global whistleblowing hotlines. Inês Antas de Barros focuses on privacy and information security, while data protection compliance is an area of particular activity for Maria de Lurdes Gonçalves.

Practice head(s):

Magda Cocco

Testimonials

The department is up-to-date with the most recent regulations, recommendations and market demands, and is able to adapt to a friendly language while keeping up with high legal standards.

The team has proven to have a lot of knowledge in the subject of personal data.

Proactive team, which is able to provide practical and business focused inputs.

The team reveals a high level of commitment and expertise. The ways they demonstrate high maturity in soft-skills (communication, critical thinking, leadership and work ethic) and technical abilities (confronting and applying data protection with the business) creates a hybrid ability that differentiates them in the market.

The team includes Magda Cocco, Maria de Lurdes Gonçalves and Maria de Almeida Alves who are all recommended.

Both Maria de Lurdes Gonçalves and Maria de Almeida Alves stand out for their availability and sympathy in addition to their technical competence.

Both Maria Almeida Alves and Maria de Lurdes Gonçalves are dedicated and committed lawyers. Apart from their legal/technical skills, they are able to have a critical and pragmatic point of view on the ongoing matters.

Key clients

AGEAS Group

APS – Associação Portuguesa de Seguradores

BMW Portugal

Brisa Group

CTT Group

EDP Group

European Space Agency (ESA)

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Generg Group

Genomed – Diagnósticos de Medicina Molecular, S.A.

IDC Portugal

INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

José de Mello Group

José de Mello Saúde

Lusíadas Saúde

Luz Saúde

MEO Group

Sport Lisboa e Benfica Group (SLB)

Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, S.A. (TAP)

Via Outlets Portugal

Wizink Bank, S.A.

Seguradoras Unidas Group

Sonae Sierra

Dispute resolution Tier 1

VDA has a solid track record in civil and commercial litigation, offering representation to clients in relation to a wide range of matters, such as corporate, insurance and banking disputes, class actions, professional negligence, as well as disputes regarding distribution and agency agreements, construction and public turnkey contracts. The firm has recently increased its share of international work, having strengthened its service offering in contentious matters linked to Portuguese-speaking countries and Francophone Africa, and has also bolstered its expertise in international arbitration. Frederico Gonçalves Pereira, who stands out for his extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency litigation, leads the practice group alongside Miguel Pinto Cardoso, whose key areas of activity include arbitration and cross-border disputes in the energy, construction and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Gonçalves Pereira; Miguel Pinto Cardoso

Testimonials

VdA fields a highly specialised team with in-depth knowledge of the Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. There is a willingness getting to know and understand clients’ business in order to reach efficient solutions aligned with clients’ needs.

This team seeks to learn the specifics of the case, including technical aspects which would normally be outside their set of skills, such as finance modelling or engineering details.

Individuals are committed and analyse all aspects exhaustively. 

VDA are user-friendly and proactive when it comes to the management of Portuguese litigation. They are a very capable and safe pair of hands who we have confidence in using and recommend to clients.

Rui Andrade is a great strategist, technically versatile and capable of advising across a range of highly complex legal matters.

Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is a tactical thinker and provides good oversight over his team on complicated matters. Ana Lickfold Novaes e Silva is very responsive. Joana Neves has an impressive knowledge of the detail of long-running, fact-heavy cases.

Sofia Ribeiro Branco is a remarkable young lawyer. Clearly one of the best of her generation.’

Key clients

Grupo José de Mello

Caixa Geral de Depósitos Group

Doyen Sports Investment Limited

MEO

National Investment Bank, LLC

Galp Energia Group

The Navigator Company

Trust Energy Group

Caixagest

BCP Group

Deutsche Bank Group

Chevron

Brisa Auto-Estradas de Portugal

Oi

Roche

DePuy International Ltd

Apobank

Barclays Bank PLC

Arie Group

Scania

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Leading players in the mining, natural resources, natural gas, wind and solar energy sectors seek VdA's legal support in relation to their operations in Portugal and cross-border projects. The firm has developed a solid global reach, which now encompasses Portuguese-speaking and Lusophone Africa as well as Timor-Leste, and has the ability to advise on all stages of investment, finance, construction, as well as refinancing and restructuring of projects. Head of department Manuel Protásio specialises in project finance, and has particular experience in the energy, mining and water sectors. Vanda Cascão is active in cross-border projects and financing, and Ana Luís de Sousa focuses on the development of energy projects. Leading the oil and gas practice is João Afonso Fialho, while Matthieu Le Roux oversees the OHADA jurisdictions practice.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Protásio

Testimonials

VdA law firm has great experience in the area of natural resources and energy law. The law firm provides quality advice in restricted time frames.

João Afonso Fialho is extremely competent.

Knowledge of the sector, strong commercial awareness and dynamism in finding solutions.

Ana Luí­s de Sousa provides comprehensive advice.

Key clients

EIB

Trust Energy Group (JV Engie and Marubeni)

Chevron

Lusoamoreiras – Sociedade Imobiliária, S.A. |A4F – Algafuel, S.A.

Sakthi Portugal, S.A.

Grow

ALER

KT – KINETICS TECHNOLOGY, SPA – Angola

First State Investemets

New Finerge

EU and competition Tier 1

VdA handles a breadth of complex issues concerning national and EU competition law, as well as EU law in general. The team is adept in competition litigation cases as well as M&A transactions requiring merger control advice; other core areas of strength include abuse of dominance matters, state aid issues and cartel cases. Domestic and international clients from a variety of sectors, including telecoms, insurance, food and beverage, banking, ports and energy, instruct the team on a regular basis. Nuno Ruiz heads the practice group. Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro has a strong track record in abuse of dominance cases at the national level, and merger control matters are among Cláudia Coutinho da Costa's areas of strength. Miguel Mendes Pereira left the firm in 2020 to join DLA Piper ABBC.

Practice head(s):

Nuno Ruiz

Testimonials

The team includes Nuno Ruiz and Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro, with whom I’ve come to work in several occasions and across different industries over the years.

A very strong and professional competition compliance team – one of the best in Portugal.

I appreciate working with a team that is multidisciplinary and especially agile.

Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro does not crack under pressure; he is the perfect fit to assist in-house teams (local and international) manage processes and matters which entail competition work. He is respected by peers and authorities, and manages a team quite effectively.

‘I would like to highlight Nuno Ruiz, who has a deep knowledge and experience in Competition and EU law, as well as Cláudia Coutinho, whose technical competence is noteworthy.’

Key clients

TAP

CTT

Zurich

PT Portugal / MEO

Vodafone

Banco de Portugal

Millennium BCP

Somafel

Parpública

Brisa

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

The investigations and white-collar practice at VdA is recognised for its wide-ranging experience in regulatory and criminal investigations across a variety of sectors, including financial services, banking, postal, telecoms, energy and insurance, among others. The team has been active in high-profile criminal and multi-jurisdictional matters, namely in the football industry, and cases related to money laundering. The broad service offering further covers fields such as corruption, market manipulation, insider trading, tax evasion, fraud, embezzlement, bribery and forgery. The department was recently strengthened by the arrival of the well-regarded João Medeiros, who previously headed the criminal and compliance practice at PLMJ. Medeiros brings a wealth of experience in criminal procedural law and is now co-heading the department alongside Sofia Ribeiro Branco.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Ribeiro Branco; João Medeiros

Key clients

REN

Vasco de Mello

Doyen Sports Investment (DSI)

António Castro Henriques

Cristóvão Norte

Insolvency and restructuring Tier 1

VdA's multi-disciplinary practice houses 'lawyers who understand the client's business' and excels at challenging insolvency and restructuring mandates, often involving cross-border issues. The team has a strong following in the financial services sector and also services a considerable roster of domestic and international companies. Contentious work is a key strength of the practice, where Frederico Gonçalves Pereira, who is a 'strong disputes lawyer', is ably supported by 'very able' senior advisor Teresa Pitôrra.

Practice head(s):

Frederico Gonçalves Pereira; Paulo Olavo Cunha; Cláudia Cruz Almeida

Testimonials

Teresa Pitôrra is an agile, practical and excellent lawyer.

The team has lawyers who understand the client’s business.’

Frederico Gonçalves Pereira is a strong disputes lawyer.’

Teresa Pitôrra is very able.’

Key clients

Oi S.A. and its subsidiaries including Portugal Telecom International Finance B.V.

Barclays Bank Plc, Morgan Stanley, Carval Investors, Fir Tree Partners, Värde, Wingspan Investments, Citibank London

Massa Insolvente do Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado Promovest

Fundger – Sociedade Gestora de Fundos de Investimento Imobiliário, S.A.

Banco Comercial Português, S.A. (BCP)

Banco de Portugal

Porsche Holding GmbH

Intellectual property Tier 1

VdA excels in the full range of IP matters, notably patents, trade marks, design and unfair competition litigation. Acting for pharmaceutical companies in complex patent litigation cases and mandatory arbitration proceedings is a key strength of the team, which is also adept at assisting domestic and international clients with IP enforcement strategies in Portugal. Senior partner António De Magalhães Cardoso is an expert in dispute resolution and IP and leads the team. Managing associate Sara Nazaré is another key member of the department. António Andrade left to join Abreu Advogados.

Practice head(s):

António De Magalhães Cardoso

Testimonials

VdA is an extremely experienced innovator pharmaceutical IP litigation firm.

Excellent experience in life sciences patent litigation. It is the go-to firm in Portugal for many pharma clients.

André Marques Piteira and Sara Nazaré are experienced associates who handle much of the day-to-day work. They are diligent, thorough and very bright.

Sara Nazaré is responsive and collegiate.

Key clients

Alcon Reseacrh

Alnylam

Astellas

AstraZeneca

Bial

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Celgene

Gilead Sciences

HRA

Jaba Recordati

Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of

Johnson & Johnson

Leo Pharma

Medicare

Menarini

MEO – Serviços de Comunicação e Multimédia, S.A.

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Millennium Pharmaceuticals

Mundipharma

Novartis

Orion Corporation

Otsuka Pharmaceutical

Shionogi

Valeant International

Vanguard Properties

Vodafone

Vondom

Projects and project finance Tier 1

The 'very personable team' at VdA is well placed to handle a range of instructions relating to complex projects and is particularly experienced in energy, transport and infrastructure-sector mandates. Aside from its experience in Portuguese projects, the team is also regularly instructed in projects across several African jurisdictions, including Mozambique and Angola. Clients include sponsors, awarding entities, construction companies, operators, lenders and international organisations. Manuel Protásio and Teresa Empis Falcão stand out for project finance work; Paulo de Barros Baptista leads on infrastructure projects; and Vanda Cascão and Ana Luís de Sousa are energy-sector specialists.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Protásio

Testimonials

The team has extensive knowledge on commercial contracts pertaining to oil gas, including mining contracts and mining authorisation.

The quality of work delivered has attracted positive impressions.

Key clients

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD)

Banco Comercial Português (BCP)

BPI

Brisa Group

Portos dos Açores, S.A.

Trust Energy Group

REN Group

Marubeni Corporation

Efacec

Public law Tier 1

VdA has a particularly strong reputation among road concessionaires and public service licensees; its expertise covers the transport, water and sanitation, health, postal services and telecoms sectors, among others. The department not only undertakes traditional public law work, but is also increasingly focusing on new issues with implications from a public law standpoint, notably within the banking, aerospace and defence sectors. Litigation and arbitration proceedings are other areas of strength for the team, which is under the joint leadership of Paulo Pinheiro and Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira. Pinheiro has substantial experience in administrative concessions as well as litigation and arbitration, which Esteves de Oliveira also counts among his areas of expertise. Recently promoted Ana Marta Castro focuses on public procurement and public contracts, while Catarina Pinto Correia advises on PPPs, European Funds and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Pinheiro; Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira

Testimonials

Great legal intelligence and great local (Angola) knowledge.

What makes the VdA team unique is its permanent availability and responsiveness. Its informality, competence and rigour make them different from other law firms.

Catarina Pinto Correia and her team solve all problems, even the most complex, by finding effective solutions.

In addition to the evident technical know-how and the interaction between the different departments within the firm, the team stands out for its ability to adapt to clients’ needs.

There is a great involvement of partners in matters. The team adopts an interdisciplinary approach, collaborating with other practices of the firm when necessary, which is appreciated by clients. It is distinguished by its pragmatic approach to the issues under analysis.

Paulo Pinheiro has extensive experience and know-how, great insight and ability to understand clients’ needs and adapt to them. He is direct and pragmatic.

Paulo Pinheiro, André Gaspar Martins and Catarina Pinto Correia are extraordinary lawyers.

Raul da Mota Cerveira and João Afonso Fialho have impeccable manners and build a true partnership with clients.

Key clients

Banco de Portugal

Portuguese Government (Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Defense; Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education; IFRRU – Instrumento Financeiro da Reabilitação e Revitalização Urbanas 2020)

Brisa Group (motorways, PPP, concessions)

Azores Regional Government

Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT)

idD – Plataforma das Indústrias de Defesa Nacionais, S.A.

SDEA – Sociedade para o Desenvolvimento Empresarial dos Açores

MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A. (Portugal Telecom / Altice Group)

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A.

CTT – Correios de Portugal, S.A.

José de Mello Saúde, SA

Novartis

McKinsey & Company

Svitzer Portugal, S.A. (Maersk Group)

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, S.A.

PricewaterhouseCoopers & Associados – SROC, Lda.

Equatorial Coca-Cola

NAV Portugal, E.P.E.

Sport Lisboa e Benfica

AdP – Águas de Portugal, SGPS, S.A.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

In addition to its work on big-ticket transactions, the real estate team at VDA is also adept at rendering day-to-day services to its regular clients. The team has specialised knowledge in all aspects of real estate matters, including financing, development and investments, notably office spaces, hospitality and retail property. Offering legal support throughout all stages of the development of projects, the practice group benefits from a strong international network, with close links to Africa. Head of department Pedro Ferreirinha is experienced in providing assistance to lenders and borrowers in the financing of real estate transactions and on the setting up of investment structures. Foreign investors and developers seek Miguel Marques dos Santos's advice in relation to the sale and lease of real estate property, as well as project management and construction supervision services agreements. Pedro Pereira Coutinho was promoted to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Ferreirinha

Testimonials

Effectiveness, creative approach, accuracy and availability define VdA.

Pedro Pereira Coutinho is very experienced. He has a great commercial approach and strong legal knowledge.

Lisa Ventura Lopes is experienced in commercial transactions and construction legal agreements. She’s very rigorous, respects deadlines and has the capacity to find legal solutions to successfully close a transaction or an agreement.

Pedro Ferreirinha and his team are able to provide an accurate and updated opinion on all types of real estate matters. Lawyers have the ability to adjust and adapt both in technical and business terms to the client’s needs and requests.

Key clients

Via Outlets/Meyer Bergman

Group Claude Berda (Vanguard Properties)

Apollo

Westmont Hospitality

Groupe Castel

ECS

Prowinko

UPI

EMGI

AGEAS

BNP Paribas

Olissipo Investment Fund

Avenue (Perella Weinberg)

Ocidental

Norfin

Orion

Boissée Finances

Paris Inn

Deka

Real Added Value PN – Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado

Marriott Hotels

Hotel Ritz

Discovery Land Company

Zetland Capital Partners

Marathon

Tax Tier 1

The 'outstanding' tax team at VdA 'provides high-quality advice with a practical approach'. It is often engaged to advise on the tax aspects of complex, cross-border transactions, and fields expertise across the energy, financial services, real estate, insurance, transport, energy, infrastructure, healthcare and life sciences sectors. Private wealth management, tax controversy, corporate tax, VAT and other indirect tax matters are also key pillars of strength for the sizeable team. Tiago Marreiros Moreira is noted for his international tax expertise and leads the department, while tax litigator Joaquim Pedro Lampreia is 'someone who is always available and stands out for his value-added attitude'. Managing associate Francisco Cabral Matos is a 'fantastic lawyer' with 'excellent tax knowledge', and recently promoted senior advisor Conceição Gamito heads the indirect tax team. Managing associate Ricardo Seabra Moura is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Marreiros Moreira

Testimonials

Tiago Marreiros Moreira is brilliant; he is 24/7 ready to assist you.

Francisco Cabral Mato is a solid and reliable professional, with a very kind and friendly manner.

Ricardo Seabra Moura is very friendly and a fantastic peer; it is nice to have him on a deal.

Conceição Gamito has impressive expertise in VAT, great knowledge and a pragmatic focus.

This is definitely the best team in Portugal; it covers all tax matters very efficiently and speaks the same language as us.

Joaquim Pedro Lampreia is a miracle worker, both in tax litigation and in tax planning; his complete mastery of litigation gives him a competitive edge on consultancy work.

An outstanding tax team.’

The team provides high-quality advice with a practical approach.’

Joaquim Pedro Lampreia is someone who is always available and stands out for his value-added attitude.’

Francisco Cabral Matos is a fantastic lawyer and has excellent tax knowledge.’

Key clients

AB Group / Vanguardeagle

Anadarko

Banco de Portugal

Brisal

Trustenergy Group

José de Mello Group (including Brisa Group)

Deutsche Bank

CTT (national postal service)

Generg Group

TAP

CKI

DEUTSCHE PFANDBRIEFBANK AG

Tranquilidade Seguros

Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Wealins

Merck

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics

Johnson & Johnson

TMT Tier 1

VdA's information, communication and technology practice has expanded its service offering to encompass new sectors from a TMT standpoint. The department is adept at advising across the entire array of sector-related matters in the aerospace, aviation, science and technology industries, defence matters, as well as media and entertainment. Work covers licensing procedures, regulatory and contractual issues, M&A, litigation and arbitration. Margarida Couto has led advice in several winning bids in the context of public tenders for the award of spectrum licences. Magda Cocco heads the aerospace group, assisting in the negotiation of contracts for satellite construction and in the drafting of space-related legislation. Fernando Resina da Silva stands out for his comprehensive understanding of tech matters.

Practice head(s):

Margarida Couto; Fernando Resina da Silva; Magda Cocco

Testimonials

The firm’s team is highly knowledgeable and extremely competent, and can provide expert analysis, and effective assistance, within a wholly satisfactory time-frame.

Solid knowledge of Portuguese TMT market.

The fact that VdA is one of the few, if not the only Portuguese firm, that dominates space law and many matters related to national defence.

The technical knowledge of the TMT team is outstanding. The client can always be sure to be provided with the best practices on this area of law.

The team has a deep understanding of the law that allows them to find creative solutions.

Excellent understanding of the IT market in Portugal.

The easy and very pleasant relationship that the team maintains with clients, and the permanent search for the solution that best suits our needs are noteworthy.

Lawyers are both competent and friendly, which allows for the development of an excellent working relationship.

Excellent knowledge of the postal and communications sector.

Magda Cocco is always available to the client and to brainstorm on new and innovative ways to deal with clients’ issues.

Magda Cocco is an outspoken expert in the telecommunications law market.

Key clients

MEO – SERVIÇOS DE COMUNICAÇÕES E MULTIMÉDIA S.A.  (most relevant telecommunication group in Portugal)

Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education / Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT

Ellalink Irland Limited

Nintendo Ibérica, S.A.

Fox Network Group

União Internacional das Telecomunicações – ITU

Alliance for Affordable Internet – A4AI

IBM Portugal

Timor Telecom (telecommunication group in the Asian-Pacific region)

EDP – Energias de Portugal (most relevant electricity provider in Portugal and one of the major electricity groups in Europe)

Unitel

CV TelecomGroup

Microsoft Portugal

Coca-Cola

McDonald’s

Brisa Group

CTT, SA

José de Mello Saúde, S.A.

Grupo Novo Banco Sistemas de Informação (member of Novo Banco SA Group)

Caixa Central de Crédito Agrícola

Deutsche Bank

Employment Tier 2

VDA has wide-ranging experience in employment matters, advising on class actions, collective dismissals and collective bargaining agreements. The department is particularly active acting for clients in the insurance industry, but lawyers also offer labour law assistance to high-profile players from several sectors on a day-to-day basis. Rui Andrade - who is noted for his knowledge of labour matters in African jurisdictions - leads the practice, which is also adept at advising on transfer of employees, redundancies, benefits and litigation. Américo Oliveira Fragoso is experienced across all areas of labour and social security law, while Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo focuses on restructuring processes. Corporate labour is one of Tiago Pilós specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Rui Andrade

Testimonials

Highly experienced lawyers.

Rui Andrade is highly professional and experienced. He has comprehensive knowledge of the Oil & Gas industry and he tries to understand the clients and their needs, and propose different and alternative solutions.

Deep knowledge of employment legislation and litigation proceedings in several jurisdictions.

The firm has a high degree of specialisation and a deep knowledge of local realities in Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. Lawyers find solutions that are effectively targeted to the clients’ needs.

VdA is a law firm that brings together a wide range of legal practices. It is a clear advantage that they can analyse a legal issue from a variety of perspectives in an integrated manner.

Rui Andrade is an excellent strategist, technically very solid and versatile, capable of designing solutions in various areas of law with a high level of sophistication. Very persuasive and with an enormous ability to simplify seemingly complex situations.

Bruno Melo Alves is a very consistent, competent and efficient lawyer.

Américo Oliveira Fragoso constantly seeks to understand the organisational reality, and stands out for advising and looking for solutions that mitigate risk.

Key clients

Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company S.L. (ECCBC)

TechnipFMC

Bristol-Myers Squibb Portugal

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Novartis

Deutsche Bank

Ageas

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, SAD (SLB)

Porsche Holdings GmbH

Lusowimdu

Worthington Industries

Diplomatic Representation of Angola

Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks Europe

Lusomedicamenta

Socer Imobiliária e Investimentos, S.A.

Svitzer Portugal (Portuguese company of Svitzer International Group)

Insolvency Estate of SRUCP

Oporto: leading commercial firms Tier 2

The 'responsive and commercial' team at VdA is active across a range of corporate, M&A, tax, employment, public law, real estate, corporate crime, TMT, data privacy, regulatory and dispute resolution mandates. It stands out for its client base, which spans the TMT, automotive, transport and infrastructure sectors. Isabel Gião de Andrade leads the Oporto office.

Practice head(s):

Isabel Gião de Andrade

Testimonials

Responsive and commercial.’

Key clients

SAKTHI Portugal, S.A.

Consoveyo, S.A.

Worthington Industries

AMTROL-ALFA, Metalomecânica, S.A.

CLdN

Efacec Power Solutions, S.A.

Hostelworld

INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

CELBI – Celulose da Beira Industrial, S.A.

CEiiA

Didimo

AGI

Watgrid

Planning law Tier 2

VdA excels in complex planning issues relating to domestic development projects and is experienced across related areas such as dispute resolution, environmental law, construction and regulation. The team is also adept at international planning work, particularly in Portuguese and French-speaking countries. The tourism, real estate, energy, infrastructure, logistics and agribusiness sectors are key focuses for the 'responsive' team, which is led by Raul Mota Cerveira.

Practice head(s):

Raul Mota Cerveira

Testimonials

We would recommend the firm for its high technical ability, availability, expertise and satisfactory results.

It is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of lawyers specialised in several fields who ensure an efficient and reliable service.

The lawyers we work with are experts in their specific areas and provide the client an efficient service and a good follow-up of the legal processes; they are always available to provide us any additional information we may need.

Raul Mota Cerveira is recommended.

Key clients

ALGAR, S.A

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA

Auto-Estradas do Baixo Tejo (“AEBT”)

Biocom

Cabivel

COFCAO

Edd’s Consultancy

EDP Renováveis

Fundbox / Quinta da Ombria

Governo Regional dos Açores

HBD

IFRRU – Instrumento Financeiro da Reabilitação e Revitalização Urbanas 2020

Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG)

J. Cruz & M. Cruz

MEO

Municipality of Figueira da Foz

Neptune Charisma

Odebrech Ambiental

Stericycle Portugal

STP INVESTMENTS

Urbireal Construções Civis

Transport Tier 2

Praised for its 'availability, efficiency and responsiveness', VdA houses a multi-disciplinary transport practice, which is 'very knowledgeable and very insightful'. The team, which leverages the firm's core strengths across banking, finance, energy, projects and public law, is regularly involved in logistics, mobility, road and rail projects and offers expertise across PPP and procurement matters. In the aviation sector, disputes and regulatory matters are key, as are finance, leasing and restructuring transactions. For shipping, the team is heavily engaged in oil and gas-related work, and offers expertise in dispute resolution, environmental matters, cargo claims, ship finance, and sale and purchase transactions. Paulo de Barros Baptista, who heads the transport team, is experienced in road-sector instructions and managing associate José Miguel Oliveira is active in oil, gas and shipping mandates. Teresa Empis Falcão is also a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Paulo de Barros Baptista

Testimonials

I highlight the deep knowledge of the team, coupled with strict adherence to agreed deadlines. A firm that stands out for its excellent work.

In terms of qualities I highlight the knowledge of the team, the mastery of the subjects and the total availability.

Very knowledgeable and very insightful. Its ability to look at the deal as a whole gives me comfort that everything is being taken care of. It departs from its competitors because of its holistic approach.

I would highlight two partners, Paulo de Barros Baptista and Teresa Empis Falcão, based on their deep sector knowledge but, more importantly, for their capacity to work out creative solutions.

Availability, efficiency and responsiveness.

Key clients

AEBT – Auto-Estradas do Baixo Tejo, S.A..

ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA

Arkon PT (a subsidiary of ARKON Shipping GmbH & Co. KG Haren (Ems))

ASC Alster Ship Chartering GmbH & Co.

Azores Regional Government

Banking syndicate composed of Unicredit S.p.A., Siemens Bank GmbH, Banco Comercial Português, S.A. (Millennium BCP), Novo Banco, S.A., Demir-Halk Bank (Nederland) N.V., DenizBank AG and the European Investment Bank

Brisa Group

Certares Management LLC

ELOS – Ligações de Alta Velocidade, S.A.

Haitong Bank, S.A

NAV Portugal, EPE

NHV Group

Portos dos Açores, S.A.

Puma Energy Moçambique, Lda. (a subsidiary of Trafigura)

SATA SGPS, S.A.

Somafel – Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias, S.A.

STCP – Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, S.A.

Svitzer (Maersk Group)

TAP SGPS, S.A.

TAP, S.A.

Angola > Foreign firms Tier 1

VdA maintains a strong focus on Angola, where it receives a steady flow of work from longstanding clients, which include leading multinational companies active in diverse sectors. It has also recently attracted several new clients. In one highlight, the team advised Météo-France on the implementation of an ambitious modernisation project for Inamet, the Angolan National Meteorological Service. Practice head João Afonso Fialho and senior associate Ângela Viana are noted.

Practice head(s):

João Afonso Fialho

Testimonials

Comprehensive knowledge of the Angolan legislation from mineral legislation through to the complexities of the interface between Angolan legislation and other offshore jurisdictions.

Key clients

KT – Kinetics Technology

Météo-France

Webcor Group

Chimec SpA

Seadrill Group

ITM Mining

Group Castel

JV Sonadrill

Unitel

ITU

ARCTEL-CPLP

Mozambique > Foreign law firms Tier 1

Leading Portuguese firm VdA works in partnership with Maputo-based firm Guilherme Daniel & Associados (GdA). Sector specialisms include energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, logistics and real estate. Magda Cocco leads the firm's information, communication and technology practice and advises on data protection, cybersecurity and space-related projects; Pedro Cassiano Santos heads the banking and finance practice; and Teresa Empis Falcão is a name to note for infrastructure and projects.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Empis Falcão

Testimonials

Very good knowledge of local market, laws and regulations.

Excellent turnaround time.

Key clients

Agility

Fundinvest, S.A

Modus Digital

Modus Global | SMax

Aujan

Friburge Angola

With over 40 years of experience, Vieira de Almeida (VdA) is an international law firm noted for top-quality legal advice and cutting-edge innovation. A profound business know-how coupled with a highly specialised cross-sector legal practice enable the firm to effectively meet the increasingly complex challenges faced by clients. VdA offers robust solutions based on consistent standards of excellence, ethics and professionalism, and is acknowledged as a leading provider of legal services by the most reputed professional organisations, international publications and research institutions. VdA has consistently and consecutively received the industry’s most prestigious awards and nominations.

Through VdA Legal Partners clients have access to a wide sectorial coverage and a team of lawyers across 13 jurisdictions: Portugal; Angola; Cabo Verde; Cameroon; Chad; Congo; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Guinea Bissau; Sao Tomé and Príncipe and Timor-Leste.
VdA Legal Partners consolidates VdA’s international footprint, bringing together all the lawyers and independent law firms affiliated with VdA for the provision of integrated legal services in Lusophone and Francophone Africa, as well as Timor-Leste.

The firm has a unique blend of exceptional technical expertise, a commercial mindset and in-depth knowledge across industries and local markets. Each mandate is tenaciously handled by multidisciplinary teams comprised of subject-matter specialists and local practitioners. Lawyers at VdA work as a team regardless of their physical location: enthusiastic client service is part of their DNA, wherever the client may be.

The firm’s international reach is further enhanced through a set of working relationships with some of the most reputed law firms in Europe, America – particularly Brazil – Asia and Africa:

  • Angola: With extensive experience in Angola, our lawyers have led the most high-profile operations and projects of the last decades, particularly in the Oil&Gas, mining, banking and finance and the telecommunications sectors. The exclusive Angolan member of VdA Legal Partners, Luanda-based RLA – Sociedade de Advogados RL, is comprised of notable local lawyers, deeply familiarized with the Angolan market, drawing upon the talents and skills of over 300 VdA attorneys across jurisdictions and several international offices. Clients’ most demanding and multifaceted needs in Angola are met by a highly specialised and fully dedicated cross-sector legal practices. For further information, please visit: www.rlaadvogados.com
  • Cabo-Verde: At VdA, our lawyers have assisted with diversified projects and operations in Cabo Verde, particularly in the telecommunications, banking and finance, energy, and tourism sectors, further standing out for their extensive work in legislative production as part of the great legal reforms undertaken in recent years. Our local partner, CWV, is the first Cabo Verdean law firm. Enjoying local and international recognition, CWV couples a strong knowledge of the market and local culture with best international practice. For further information, please contact: caboverde@vdalegalpartners.com
  • Cameroon: VdA has a team of French-speaking lawyers who have supported several investors in Cameroon. Our local partner, Core Africa Lawyers, is a renowned law firm in the Cameroonian market, with international recognition in OHADA Law, as well as in the Oil&Gas practice and Project Finance. For further information, please visit: cameroon@vdalegalpartners.com
  • Chad: We have a proven track record of supporting our clients across francophone Africa, assisting several projects and clients in Chad. VdA’s French-speaking lawyers team up with our local partner, Cabinet BASSOUNDA & Partners, a law firm of reference in the Chadian market, internationally recognised as an expert in OHADA Law, as well as in tax, employment & benefits, finance and litigation matters. Our expertise in all the relevant sectors coupled with the understanding of the local market and its intricacies enables us to provide clients with a seamless service on the largest and most innovative transactions across the country. For further information, please contact: chad@vdalegalpartners.com
  • Congo: Our team of French-speaking lawyers have extensive experience in advising major investors operating in Congo, particularly in the Oil&Gas sector and in connection with tax matters. We work with an association of two highly reputed local partners: Pointe-Noire based Sutter & Pearce, with extensive experience in the oil & gas field and in contentious and non-contentious tax matters and Cabinet Mathias Esserek, regarded for its breadth of experience in contentious matters, notably litigation before the courts of the country. For further information, please contact: congo@vdalegalpartners.com
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Our lawyers are highly experienced practitioners in the DRC, notably within the mining, Oil&Gas and public works’ sectors, often representing clients in direct negotiations with the government and in public tenders, namely in the context of rail and road infrastructures. VdA’s breadth and in-depth expertise empower agile solutions to our clients’ most demanding and multifaceted needs, notably in tax, environment and corporate law related matters. Our local partner in the DRC is MBM-CONSEIL, a reference law firm with offices in the capital Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kolwezi. The firm is one of the largest and longest-established law practices in the country, highly ranked by the leading international directories It routinely provides legal advice to international investors and clients with expertise that encompasses all areas of business law but with a focus on natural resources, transportation and tax. For further information, please contact: drc@vdalegalpartners.com
  • Equatorial Guinea: Our VdA lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the Equato-Guinean market, regularly assisting major investors in the country, including in contentious matters, chiefly in the Oil&Gas sector but also in the infrastructure, transport, banking & finance and energy sectors, as well as in national and international arbitration. For further information, please contact: equatorialguinea@vdalegalpartners.com
  • Gabon: Our team of French-speaking lawyers’ track record in advising major investors in Gabon, particularly in the Oil&Gas and mining sectors, both in contentious and non-contentious work, is enhanced by our local partnership with the Gabonese law firm Cabinet JOB, a reference in the country and one that enjoys international recognition. For further information, please contact: gabon@vdalegalpartners.com
  • Guinea-Bissau: Our lawyers regularly advise clients in Guinea-Bissau, particularly companies operating within the infrastructure, telecommunications, banking & finance and distribution sectors. Our teams draw upon highly reputed and market savvy local lawyers at TSK Legal, the largest law firm in Guinea-Bissau and an exclusive member of VdA Legal Partners. For further information, please contact: guineabissau@vdalegalpartners.com
  • Mozambique: Guilherme Daniel & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, Lda. is the exclusive member of VdA Legal Partners in Mozambique. Combining a dynamic and multifaceted team with international background with a deep understanding of the local Mozambican market, Guilherme Daniel is particularly focused on the energy, infrastructure and the banking & finance sectors, drawing upon the accumulated know-how of over 280 VdA Legal Partners’ lawyers worldwide. For further information, please visit: www.guilhermedaniel.com
  • São Tomé e Príncipe: With extensive experience in São Tomé and Principe, our lawyers have consistently supported major international investors in recent years, notably in the Oil&Gas, banking & finance and tourism sectors. Our local partner, VNA Law Firm, is a highly reputed law firm with a young, dynamic team with in-depth knowledge of the local situation, offering specialized, close and practical assistance to our clients. For further information, please visit: www.vnalawfirm.com
  • Timor-Leste: With extensive experience in Timor-Leste, and a bespoke combination of relationships, skills and experience in all relevant sectors – notably in telecommunications, banking & finance, infrastructure and oil&gas matters, our teams in Timor-Leste have also often been involved in extensive work regarding legislative production as part of the legal reforms undertaken in the country over recent years. For further information, please contact: timorleste@vdalegalpartners.com

Sector expertise :

  • Agribusiness
  • Aviation
  • Banks
  • Defence
    Distribution
  • Energy
  • Fast moving consumer goods
  • Funds
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Life sciences
  • Mining
  • Oil&Gas
  • Ports and airports
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Public administration
  • Public sector companies
  • Rail Infrastructures
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory entities
  • Road infrastructures
  • Shipping
  • Social economy (foundations, associations)
  • Space
  • Technology and innovation
  • Telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Water and waste
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Capital markets lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Competition and EU lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Corporate and governance lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Employment and benefits lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Insurance lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Intellectual property lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
IT and outsourcing lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Life sciences lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Litigation and arbitration lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
M&A, corporate finance lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Oil and gas lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Planning lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Privacy, data protection and cybersecurity lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Projects – infrastructure, energy and natural resources lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Public law lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Real estate and environment lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Tax lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Telecoms and media lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Transport lisboa@vda.pt +351 213 113 400
Photo Name Position Profile
 João Afonso Fialho  photo João Afonso Fialho
 Benedita Aires  photo Benedita Aires
 Rui Andrade  photo Rui Andrade
 Jorge Bleck  photo Jorge Bleck
 Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro  photo Ricardo Bordalo Junqueiro
 Vanda Cascão  photo Vanda Cascão
 Pedro Cassiano Santos  photo Pedro Cassiano Santos
 Magda Cocco  photo Magda Cocco
 Margarida Couto  photo Margarida Couto
 Teresa Empis Falcão  photo Teresa Empis Falcão
 Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira  photo Rodrigo Esteves de Oliveira
 José Pedro Fazenda Martins  photo José Pedro Fazenda Martins
 Samuel Fernandes de Almeida  photo Samuel Fernandes de Almeida
 Pedro Ferreirinha  photo Pedro Ferreirinha
 Isabel Gião de Andrade  photo Isabel Gião de Andrade
 Paula Gomes Freire  photo Paula Gomes Freire
 Carla Gonçalves Borges  photo Carla Gonçalves Borges
 Frederico Gonçalves Pereira  photo Frederico Gonçalves Pereira
 Matthieu Le Roux  photo Matthieu Le Roux
 Ana Luís de Sousa  photo Ana Luís de Sousa
 Miguel Marques dos Santos  photo Miguel Marques dos Santos
 Tiago Marreiros Moreira  photo Tiago Marreiros Moreira
 Ana Marta Castro  photo Ana Marta Castro
 João Medeiros  photo João Medeiros
 Hugo Moredo Santos  photo Hugo Moredo Santos
 Tiago Correia Moreira photo Tiago Correia Moreira
 Raul Mota Cerveira  photo Raul Mota Cerveira
 Paulo Olavo Cunha  photo Paulo Olavo Cunha
 Francisca Paulouro  photo Francisca Paulouro
 Joaquim Pedro Lampreia  photo Joaquim Pedro Lampreia
 Pedro  Pereira Coutinho  photo Pedro  Pereira Coutinho
 Paulo Pinheiro  photo Paulo Pinheiro
 Miguel Pinto Cardoso  photo Miguel Pinto Cardoso
 Catarina Pinto Correia  photo Catarina Pinto Correia
 Manuel Protásio  photo Manuel Protásio
 Fernando Resina da Silva  photo Fernando Resina da Silva
 Sofia Ribeiro Branco  photo Sofia Ribeiro Branco
 Nuno Ruiz  photo Nuno Ruiz
 Pedro Simões Coelho  photo Pedro Simões Coelho
 Paulo Trindade Costa  photo Paulo Trindade Costa
 Helena Vaz Pinto  photo Helena Vaz Pinto
 João Vieira de Almeida  photo João Vieira de Almeida
 Cláudia da Cruz Almeida  photo Cláudia da Cruz Almeida
 Paulo de Barros Baptista  photo Paulo de Barros Baptista
 António de Magalhães Cardoso  photo António de Magalhães Cardoso
Number of lawyers : +300
English
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Other offices : Porto
Other offices : Timor-Leste
Other offices : Angola*
Other offices : Cape Verde*
Other offices : Congo*
Other offices : Democratic Republic of Congo*
Other offices : Gabon*
Other offices : Guinea-Bissau*
Other offices : Equatorial Guinea*
Other offices : Mozambique*
Other offices : Sao Tome and Principe*

Briefing
IP litigation in Portugal – from the ’00s to the ’20s (https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/analysis/disputes-yearbook-2020/sponsored-briefing-ip-litigation-in-portugal-from-the-00s-to-the-20s/)
António Magalhães Cardoso and Sara Nazaré discuss IP Court challenges

João Vieira de Almeida, managing partner

Managing partner João Vieira de Almeida explains how VdA – Vieira de Almeida is adapting to clients' changing needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate your firm from your competitors?

A unique One Firm Firm culture, that impacts on how we work and interact with each other and the clients; a solid footprint in lusophone and francophone Africa, with an integrated network of offices in 13 jurisdictions.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

M&A, Real Estate, Litigation, Tax, Banking&Finance. Economic activity will continue to push these areas, as the country’s recovery maintains its pace.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We restructured our practices matrix (and our governance model), to enhance a better integration and management of Knowledge, an even more integrated and collaborative approach to clients and industries, and the advantages of technological tools. I believe this will increase our ability to deliver more value, more efficiently.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Definitely. We are already developing an AI project that will enable the integration of technology in the services we provide as well as in our interaction with clients.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Recently, we developed a Kaizen project where we helped a major real estate promoter to optimize its real estate development and sale processes (from the moment the client pays its first on-site visit to the execution of real estate deed).

By using the Kaizen approach we were able to obtain an holistic view as: (i) we mapped the critical business and legal paths – VdA’s, the client’s and the buyer’s ones; (ii) we uncovered the difficulties experienced by all stakeholders and (iii) we jointly built business and legal solutions (such as a negotiation matrix).

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Clients value firms that follow a strategic direction, on a stable and consistent way.

At VdA, our main challenges for the next 3 years will be convergence, collaboration and technology.

VdA has been appointed to preside over the Steering Committee of GRACE

VdA has been elected President of the Steering Committee of GRACE for the period 2018/2020. Partner Margarida Couto, shall take office on behalf of the firm.

GRACE (www.grace.pt) is a pioneering non-profit public interest organisation gathering over 160 companies of all sizes and across industries, engaged in deepening their social role, as well as promoting and developing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Portugal.

The appointment of VdA to lead GRACE for the next 3 years is a strong motive for institutional pride, as it recognises the role played by the firm in Portugal, in matters regarding CSR.

Note :

VdA carries out an extensive corporate social responsibility programme, organised around several axes, notably corporate volunteer work, empowerment of non-profit organisations and the provision of pro bono legal services. Throughout 2017, VdA provided over 7.000 hours of free legal services to over 100 non-profit organisations. Over the years, the number of hours allocated to the CSR Programme has steadily increased.

At the end of 2016, VdA launched the Vasco Vieira de Almeida Foundation, having as key mission to educate for citizenship and assert the key role education and knowledge play in the promotion of human rights and the Rule of Law. The Foundation is also engaged in strengthening VdA’s CSR Programme, while an organised expression of the exercise of citizenship, reinforcing VdA’s lawyers’ and staff sense of belonging to the community at large.

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